OUR STORY

From small beginnings, Hospice Mid Canterbury began as a community initiative in 2014, with the aim of providing free non-clinical support for people with a life-limiting illness and their families. Drawing on the capability of those already in the community, we established services such as counselling and therapies, and developed a strong volunteer base for such things as biography writing, sitting and transport.
As demand and services grew, Hospice opened an office at Community House in 2016 and a hospice shop was established in July 2017 in Tancred Street to help provide sustainable funding for the organisation. Further demand for services led to Hospice establishing a base at St Stephens on Park Street in 2019.
In 2021, a “Home for Hospice” fundraising campaign culminated in the purchase of 70 Havelock Street, Ashburton (formerly the Sealy Street Medical Centre), as a community owned asset. This enabled the organisation to finally settle into its own home.
Today Hospice Mid Canterbury offers a growing range of supports, for the person with the life-limiting illness and their caregivers. These supports include counselling and a variety of therapies, services and activities such as exercise therapy, art and craft and social events. This support is available free to people throughout the Ashburton district, and is provided in people’s own homes or at the hospice base.

Hospice Mid Canterbury is dedicated to making a difference in the lives of our clients and their families, ensuring that those we support are being given the opportunity to ‘live every moment’.

OUR PEOPLE

BOARD OF TRUSTEES 

Board  members from left to right:

Jane Wright, Anne-Marie Allen, Christine Dean, Olivia Proudman, Brendon Adam

 

HOSPICE STAFF

Sarah MacAvoy

Sarah MacAvoy

CLIENT SUPPORT CO-ORDINATOR

Sarah is our client support co-ordinator. She is the person to speak to about anything to do with our services, including referrals and on-going support of clients. Email Sarah

Fiona Giles

Fiona Giles

OUTREACH CO-ORDINATOR

Fiona’s role involves overseeing fundraising and promotions, including liaison with the media. She also shares the client support role with Sarah. Fiona is the person to be in touch with for anything related to promotions and fundraising.  Email Fiona

Laura Banks

Laura Banks

TEAM CO-ORDINATOR

Laura’s role is Team Co-ordinator, supporting the hospice team, including our large pool of volunteers, along with organising the monthly activities for clients. Laura is the person to speak to if you want to be a volunteer or have questions about activities. Email Laura

Janelle Hickey

Janelle Hickey

ADMINISTRATOR

Janelle’s administration role focuses on the financial and general admin tasks required to keep Hospice Mid Canterbury running smoothly. Contact Janelle at admin@hospicemc.nz for anything to do with finances and donations.

Janis Steele

Janis Steele

SHOP MANAGER

Janis is the Manager of our Hospice Shop. She comes to us with extensive retail and management experience, having previously worked at the Hospice Shop in Te Anau. Janis oversees our wonderful team of shop volunteers and will help you with any queries relating to the shop or donation of goods. Email Janis

SERVICE PROVIDERS

Vicki Grieve

Vicki Grieve

COUNSELLOR

Struan Duthie

Struan Duthie

COUNSELLOR

Rebecca Perkins

Rebecca Perkins

MASSAGE THERAPIST

Annie Rhodes

Annie Rhodes

Reiki Therapist

Cherie Summers-Wright

Cherie Summers-Wright

RELAXATION THERAPIST

Mikyla Grant

Mikyla Grant

Massage Therapist

OUR FANTASTIC VOLUNTEERS